The retired Greenwich, Conn., police detective who dusted off the Martha Moxley murder case in the mid-1990s and closed it with the arrest of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel denied Tuesday that a book he collaborated on influenced his investigation or motivated him in any way.
A lawyer for Michael Skakel sparred Friday with a former newspaper reporter credited with reviving the Martha Moxley murder investigation in the mid-1990s, charging that the journalist and the lead investigator on the case had a secret book deal that influenced the prosecution.
The high-profile lawyer who unsuccessfully defended Ethel Kennedy's nephew against charges he murdered a 15-year-old neighbor in 1975 says a composite sketch of another suspect could have helped acquit Michael Skakel.
The man at the center of Michael Skakel's bid for a new trial described his whereabouts on the night of Martha Moxley's murder in a taped interview played in open court Wednesday, saying he and two other men encountered several people on the night she was killed.
Nearly five years after a jury rejected claims by Michael Skakel that any of a number of other suspects killed 15-year-old Martha Moxley in 1975, Skakel's cousin, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., testified that he believes two other men were involved in the brutal murder.
Teenager Martha Moxley was beaten to death with a golf club in 1975, but it took almost 27 years before her neighbor, Michael Skakel, would be convicted of her murder. Skakel is the nephew of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.